A Service of Saddleback College and
California State University, Northridge

ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 25


In 1960, Roy Orbison reached #2 on the US singles chart with “Only The Lonely,” his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record it himself.

In 1965, A young Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band with Al Kooper and Barry Goldberg at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. It’s been widely reported that folk music purists tried to boo Dylan off the stage, but an alternative account claims audience members were actually upset by poor sound and a short set.

In 1966, The final US concert with Brian Jones as part of The Rolling Stones took place in San Francisco.

In 1970, “25 Or 6 To 4” by Chicago was released.

In 1984, Big Mama Thornton, composer of the Elvis hit “Hound Dog,” died at the age of 58.

In 2003, Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Brann of died of cardiac failure at the age of 52.

Join Jim Nelson for Advanced Music History, weeknights at 10 on 88.5 FM